Lions could lose market
There is pessimism within the ranks of Titahi Bay Lions, as a final decision on who will oversee the Porirua Saturday Market looms.
Porirua City Council gave the Lions until last Friday to present a proposal and will probably inform the organisation, which has run the market in the city centre since 1986, of its decision on April 3.
The three-year licence to run a ‘‘refreshed’’ weekly market will be finalised by the council in September or October.
Titahi Bay Lions president Chris Jones said though his organisation had the first run at tendering, that didn’t mean the Lions were frontrunners.
‘‘It’s a bit meaningless, as we’re sure other groups will tender as well. But we’re going through the process now, having discussions about it,’’ he said.
Jones said he would probably ask for some compromises in the proposal he had in front of him, because he feels too much of it came across as ‘‘master and slave’’.
‘‘We want to hold a market that benefits the community, not Porirua City Council,’’ he said.
‘‘From what I can see at the moment, it’s free labour. I don’t believe the Lions fit in with the plan that the council has.’’
Jones said alternative venues for the market were still being explored.
The council has also said there may be disruption to the market, as the Cobham Court revamp takes place.
In the council’s finance committee meeting last Thursday, it was noted that part of the $73,000 shortfall in the economic development budget was because income for the market was lower than forecast.
Watchful eye: Police volunteers Dick Forbes, closest to camera, and John Hollick, monitor the cameras.